November 12 – Happy Birthday Homer Bush

The best year I ever saw any Yankee team have was the 1998 squad. With Tino Martinez, Paul O’Neill, Bernie Williams, Derek Jeter and Scott Brosius leading the offense and David Cone, David Wells, Andy Pettitte and Mo Rivera the pitching corps, Joe Torre’s team won an incredible 114 regular season games and then put together an 11-2 postseason which included a four-game sweep of the shell shocked Padres in the World Series. That team had everything including a bullpen filled with specialists of every kind and a bench packed with guys who knew their roles and filled them brilliantly. One of the subs was the super-quick Homer Bush. He was used as a pinch runner, pinch hitter and once in a great while, a spare infielder. His job was to get on first base, disrupt the opposing pitcher’s rhythm and score runs. In just 78 plate appearances that season, Bush had 27 hits and walked five times for an on-base-percentage of .420. He also scored 17 runs for the Bomber’s high powered offense. The following February, New York traded Bush along with Wells and reliever Graeme Lloyd to the Blue Jays for Roger Clemens. Given a chance to play regularly, Homer hit .320 for Toronto in 1999 and stole 32 bases. That performance got him a three-year $7.5 million contract from the Jays following the season. Unfortunately, it was all downhill from there for the native of East St Louis, IL. Bush hurt his hip and was never again an everyday player and in 2002 he was released by both the Jays and the Marlins. He tried a comeback unsuccessfully with the Yankees in 2004.

Also born on November 12, this native of Kentucky proceeded to become a two-time twenty game winner for the Yankees. This former Yankee pitcher was also born on November 12th.

Year Tm G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
1997 NYY 10 11 11 2 4 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 .364 .364 .364 .727
1998 NYY 45 78 71 17 27 3 0 1 5 6 5 19 .380 .421 .465 .886
2004 NYY 9 8 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 2 .000 .125 .000 .125
7 Yrs 409 1377 1274 176 363 50 5 11 115 65 57 238 .285 .324 .358 .682
TOR (4 yrs) 305 1222 1131 148 320 47 5 10 102 56 49 204 .283 .321 .360 .681
NYY (3 yrs) 64 97 89 21 31 3 0 1 8 7 5 21 .348 .389 .416 .805
FLA (1 yr) 40 58 54 7 12 0 0 0 5 2 3 13 .222 .263 .222 .485
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/12/2013.

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